Brief History Of Benue State University
History Of Benue State University
Benue State University was established by the Benue State Government with the enactment of the Benue State University Edict No. 1 of 1991.
The University took off in the 1992/93 academic year with four faculties, namely, Arts, Education, Science and Social Sciences. Two Faculties, Law and Management Sciences came on stream in the 1993/94 academic year.
A post graduate school took off in the 1998/1999 academic year while the College of Health Sciences was established in the 2003/2004 academic session.
The University took off Nineteen years ago during the tenure of Late Rev. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu as Executive Governor of Benue State. Adasu, therefore became the first Visitor of the University.
The sixth and current Visitor of the University, since 2007, is Dr. Gabriel Suswam, the incumbent Executive Governor of Benue State.
The University has also had three Chancellors so far; the Pioneer Chancellor was (Dr) T.Y. Danjuma (1994-2004) while the second was Prof. Jubril Aminu (2004 – 2009). The incumbent Chancellor, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Mutallab (CON) was installed in April, 2010.
In the same vein, the University has had four Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Governing Council since inception, with Chief Edwin Ogbu of blessed memory as Pioneer Chairman of Council. His successors include, Prof Ochapa Onazi (1992 – 2005). Dr. Aako Ugbabe (2005 -2008) and the incumbent, Prof. Ode Ojowu, (2008 to date).
The University has had four Vice-Chancellors from inception to date with Prof Charles Gbilekaa Vajime as Pioneer Vice-Chancellor (1992-2000). Prof. David Ker (OON) became the second Vice-Chancellor from 3rd August, 2000 to 17th November, 2005 while the 3rd Vice-Chancellor, Prof Akase P. Sorkaa was appointed on 8th November, 2005.
His tenure ended on 3rd November, 2010 following which the incumbent Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Charity A. Angya took over on 4th November, 2010 as the fourth and first female Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.
GROWTH AND EXPANSION/ACHIEVEMENTS
From a modest beginning with four faculties, the University currently has eight faculties including a College of Health Sciences. The four additional faculties include Law, Management Sciences, Basic and Allied Medical Sciences (BAMS). The quality of expansion, both in terms of students and staff population as well as infrastructure earned the University major recognition and acknowledgement; in the 1997/98 Academic session, one of the graduates emerged the overall best student in the Bar examination of the Nigeria Law School.
Since its inception, BSU has established itself in the annals of Nigeria’s educational History as a highly respected centre of academic excellence having won major academic laurels in different fields over the years.
The University was adjudged as the best State owned University in the 2003/2004 academic year by the National Universities Commission (NUC) during which period the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. David Ker was also acclaimed the best performing Vice-Chancellor of State-owed Universities by the NUC.
BSU also won, in 2006, the best Governing Council of State-owned Universities by the NUC.
A 2007 graduate of Law of the University who passed out with a 1st class degree also passed out with a 1st class in the Bar examination of the Nigerian Law School, he being among the only two who performed the academic feat that year in the entire Country (Nigeria).
In August 2010, a 200-level Law undergraduate of the University Mr. Victor Ochogwu, participated in World Annual International Human Rights Summit debate organized in Geneva, Switzerland by the United Nations and was adjudged the United Nations best spokesman.
A Ph. D thesis in History by Patrick Ukase was adjudged by the NUC as the best in the Faculties of Arts of all Nigerian Universities by the NUC in the year 2009.
In March 2011, students of the University participated in an intellectual quiz competition, Rock and Rule organized by Glo Nigeria. The North Central zonal stage of the competition took place at IBB Square Makurdi Benue State. Participants from the University took first, second and third position respectively in both male and female categories. They are due to participate in the national stage of the competition this year.
In July 2011, selected students of the University came first in the Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition and were tipped to represent Nigeria in Malaysia in October.
Again Victor Ochogwu, a 300 level Law student in July 2011 participated in the African preliminary stage of the YOUTH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE which held in Ghana. He emerged second best participant and has been nominated as one of the four African delegates for the 2011 Human Rights Summit at the UN later in the year.
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